shLong wrote:Is there anything wrong with buying a bunch of single gallons of water at a WalMart or other grocery store along the route?
Or....a few 5 gallon jugs? Im coming in from WI with a friend in my Dodge Ram and water is definitely something I don't want to 'do wrong'.
There's nothing wrong, and you certainly won't be in the minority doing that, aside from 1-gallon jugs instead of 2.5 gallon suitcases like most people use. I think you'll opt for those anyway when you see them.
The 5-gallon jugs (watercooler type) will be better, and you can bring them home and use them again. Better yet, grab some empty
5-gallon or 15-gallon jugs and refill them at a hotel or some other place (like a grocery store if you have to, or the water stop in Gerlach). You can even put ice into the jug if you're at a hotel with the ice machine. Use an insulated water cooler with a spout at the bottom and you can put ice in there with your water for cold water on tap.
(Now that I think of it, 15 gallons a person, getting hauled in is an awful lot of weight and room
)...the "suitcase", assuming Im picturing the correct image, sounds like it would be a lot easier to make room for.
You probably don't need 15 gallons a person unless you want to be showering in the stuff all the time or are those overhydrated people who pee colorless piss all the time. Many people have extra much water by the end of the burn so bring what you really need, though err on the side of too much. For ourselves, we brought about 5 gallons per person because we brought a lot of other drinks and would periodically buy ice for the water dispenser. Remember to factor that kind of stuff in, as well as electrolyte powder so you're not running on water alone.
By any means, don't buy those collapsible camping water containers. Yeah, you may think they save you space (which doesn't matter, as you have to use it anyway), but their real problem is that shockwaves from bumps can cause them to burst and leak.
Zhust wrote:No, but you get zero extra points for style. Any of those kinds are flimsy plastic which deter reuse. The 5-gallon ones with a spout need to be pierced to flow, guaranteeing single use. The water in them may have been trucked some distance, adding waste. And to me, heavily filtered water like that tastes dead (lacking any minerals) or tastes like plastic (particularly when heated like, say, in the middle of the desert.)
Are you buying distilled
water rather than spring water? The latter has minerals in it. Usually it tastes fine after it's been cooled/oxygenated which is the main problem with bottled water's flat flavor. Dump them into an insulated water cooler with a block of ice and you have nice cool water on tap that tastes fine.
I also think you mean 2.5 gallon jug/suitcases? Those 2.5 gal jugs are easily refillable and pourable without damaging the container; you don't even need to use the small spout at all. Just pull the entire pouring nozzle off the tip and you have a full-sized spout (~1.5" wide) that allows air in while it pours. When you're done, push it back on. It's a lot faster pouring than knifing the bottle and using the spout too. I use those jugs all the time as portable transportation from larger water jugs/barrels (mostly to a sink, not for drinking). Show a campmate how to take the top off and you can reuse one of their empty ones if you want.